The Exterminator (Unrated Director's Cut) (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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Christopher George, Robert Ginty and Samantha Eggar star in The Exterminator, James Glickenhaus' explosive story of Vietnam vet John Eastland (Ginty), a man who launches a bloody vendetta against the New York underworld when his best friend is brutally beaten by a vicious street gang. Eastland becomes a vigilante hero to the public, but to police The Exterminator is a psychopath capable of dangerously undermining an entire government administration. Synapse Films is proud to present The Exterminator in its more violent and gory director's cut, lovingly restored in high-definition from original vault materials.
- Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
- Restored DTS-HD MA 2.0 Stereo
- Uncensored Version
- Director's Audio Commentary
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
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Distributor : Synapse Films (US)
For a movie that contains such visual delights as beatings, burning, beheading, forced prostitution and the painfully slow decent of another unfortunate victim into a working meat grinder, it is no wonder that the The Exterminator has had its share of controversy over the years.
Robert Ginty plays an ordinary every day guy who after a particularly nasty attack on his best friend, sets about dispatching the criminal element of 1980's New York in ways which would give even Jigsaw nightmares. Highlights of vengeance include extreme facial surgery involving a group of hungry rats, poison tipped bullets and the previous mentioned incident where the local gangster is quite literally turned into a string of sausages. Even the family dog doesn't escape unharmed in this one folks!
With the varying amounts of violence on display, it is no wonder that the film has suffered numerous cuts over the years, however it is the gritty realism of the film itself rather than any one particular gore scene which ultimately unnerves the viewer and actually makes for a pretty good story beneath all of the carnage.
Released on Blu-ray by Synapse Films on a region free disc, the film is presented in its fully uncut directors print which features all of the gore excised from previous releases. Synapse have gone to town on this release and have invested in a brand new 2k scan from the original materials which has produced a quality 1080p 1.78:1 transfer of the film that put simply is stunning. Detail is sharper than ever before with colours and black levels appearing really well defined.Read more ›
Fast-paced, despite some shoddy editing and a pointless romantic sub-plot with a detective and his GF(the film's only real flaws IMO). Big on action,just the opening sequence alone will have the viewer hooked. Some very creative kills, including a kill with a meat-grinder and when a prostitute gets tortured with a soldering-iron(mostly off-camera, but implied enough that you get the point and disturbing). Some great explosions despite the budgetary constraints. An authentic realism and feel to the story. Very un-P.C.(a big plus for some), back in the day when you could make a movie without social and political pressure to tow a certain ideological party line. And no preaching or "social redeeming" crap. Love it! Enough brutal violence and some excellent bloodshed to satisfy genre fans.
In the past, most copies were the censored theatrical version. Now,the cuts only amount to about 40 seconds or so(mostly the decaptation at the opening Vietnam sequence and the meat-grinder kill), but it's still nice to have it uncut,just out of principle alone. When Anchor bay got it, they released it uncut for the first time, on VHS and DVD,not a great transfer. Then came the awful Tango DVD,still uncut,and widescreen,but non-anamorphic,audio problems,shoddy transfer and no menu!! Now we can toss that copy away and forget it existed because....
Synapse has done an excellent job here.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its Ginty, it's revenge... a little t&a. What the hell more do you want? Watch it now buttplug!Published 1 month ago by Lil' Davie Davis
Always did like this movie. Love Robert Ginty in it. It is a bit old but still love watching it.Published 2 months ago by Valeen K
I wouldn't want to live in 1980s New York, but I do love movies set there. The movie itself is a hack job of better exploitation revenge films of the period (especially Death... Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. Markiewicz
Great movie that I've seen 1st more than 30 years ago. A little bit longer than the German unrated edition.Published 6 months ago by Oliver K.